The Energy Challenge Is On!

Last week, on the same day that a notice ran in the Melrose Weekly and the Melrose Free Press announcing the Melrose Energy Challenge 2016, the city and the Melrose Energy Commission (MEC) learned that our home energy partner of several years, Next Step Living, ceased business operations at noon on Friday. This was a surprise and shock to many in the energy efficiency industry as Next Step Living had been at the forefront of the green jobs wave in Massachusetts and had expanded their reach into nearby states.

The Melrose Energy Commission and Melrose Energy Efficiency Manager worked quickly to secure a new partner and are excited to announce that HomeWorks Energy based in nearby Woburn is prepared to take up where Next Step Living left off. HomeWorks Energy is ready to support the Melrose Energy Challenge and our goal for 511 home energy assessments by the end of December so the city can earn the $34,000 award from National Grid. HomeWorks Energy can provide all of the same MassSave services and incentives as Next Step Living in order to help homeowners save energy and money on their utility bills.

Home energy assessments and weatherization work can be scheduled by calling HomeWorks Energy at 339-502-4353 or online at

We apologize for any inconvenience or disruption in services caused by the abrupt closing. Homeowners who had an upcoming appointment for weatherization work with Next Step Living should call MassSave directly at 877-315-1941 to reschedule. For more information about the Melrose Energy Challenge 2016, please contact MEC co-chair Lori Timmermann at


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